Bronze Orange Bug (or B.O.B. as we like to call him!), sometimes referred to as a stink bug, is a common pest of citrus during spring on the east coast of Australia. BOB is an insect pest that sucks the sap from new leaves and fruit stalks, causing leaves to wilt and die and developing fruit to fall from the tree.
Bronze Orange Bugs start as small green bugs, changing to bright orange as they age and mature to large dark brown bugs.
The only spray registered in Australia for control of bronze orange bugs on edible citrus is Yates® Nature’s Way® Citrus & Ornamental Spray. Approved for use in organic gardens it’s based on natural pyrethrin and vegetable oil and is a very effective contact spray for bronze orange bugs. The dual setting trigger applicator on Yates Nature’s Way Citrus & Ornamental Spray allows a wide spray pattern as well as a thin stream, which is ideal for targeting individual bronze orange bugs. It’s important to achieve direct contact on the bugs themselves.
A word of caution with bronze orange bugs is that they can squirt out a nasty, foul smelling orange liquid which can damage your eyes and skin, so it’s best to wear eye protection and long sleeves when spraying for bronze orange bugs.
Yates Nature’s Way Citrus & Ornamental Spray is indispensable during spring as it will help control multiple citrus insect pests. In addition to killing bronze orange bugs, when sprayed over new foliage every 5 – 14 days it will help prevent citrus leaf miner and aphids from damaging tender new leaves. It’s important to keep spraying for these two pests until the foliage has matured and is no longer vulnerable to attack.